Update: Jeep recently showcased the upcoming Compass Trailhawk 4×4 SUV at a dealer meet in India. The top-spec Trailhawk variant is expected to be available in only diesel engine mated to all-new 9-Speed automatic transmission. Booking for Compass Trailhawk are now open at Select Jeep dealerships and the SUV is expected to launch in India in coming months.
Original Article (March 20, 2018): Jeep Compass Trailhawk is the next big thing that India will witness in premium compact SUV segment. Jeep dealers have started accepting bookings for this variant for INR 50,000. Recent reports in automotive segment clears that the car will launch around mid 2018 (June-July).
The car is being manufactured in Ranjangaon as an export only model while soon, Fiat will shift the same to India specific production. Fiat and Jeep export these Compass Trailhawk units to Australia and Japan. It will be the new top spec model with price ranging around INR 24 lakh (approx, ex-showroom).
Jeep Compass comes with active drive low range 4WD that helps passengers enjoy some serious level off-road driving. The Selec-terrain system featured here comes with new Rock Mode for additional grip on rocky surfaces.
Ground clearance provided here is 20mm higher than standard Jeep Compass and even design of front as well as rear bumper facilitates better off-roading experience. Better approach and departure angle means better overall drive quality with low chances of impact on the under-body. Still, Jeep has offered added protection for Trailhawk variant’s under-body section. It even comes with hill descent control as standard.
Compass Trailhawk is powered by 2.0L, four cylinder diesel engine producing 170 HP. The engine comes mated to an impressive 9-speed automatic gearbox. This also means that buyers of Trailhawk will get exclusive automatic diesel Compass in India as petrol was the only model before to carry an automatic gearbox.
Alloy wheels on Trailhawk are different while one gets additional visual upgrades for premium off-roader feel out of Jeep Compass Trailhawk. This slots the car against Hyundai Tucson’s top spec variant and even full sized SUVs like Ford Endeavour and Toyota Fortuner. Mixing all these features of Compass Trailhawk with plus sized sunroof results in a perfect companion.